This has been a tough week for both candidates, but now we are getting direct feedback in a new poll and the results are surprising everyone.
Some polls have shown Hillary running away with the race while others have had Trump up by a few. It is tough to believe anything coming out right now, but it’s important to pay attention when big swings happen and even the pollsters can’t hide the truth by altering their analysis of the numbers.
Hillary has been hammered for what seems tobe direct collusion between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation during her years as Secretary of State, while Donald has tried to build bridges with minority communities and was predictably hammered by the media for it.
So who came out on top? Yahoo reports the details:
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads her Republican rival Donald Trump by 5 percentage points among likely voters, down from a peak this month of 12 points, according to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Friday.
The Aug. 22-25 opinion poll found that 41 percent of likely voters supported Clinton ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, while 36 percent supported Trump. Some 23 percent would not pick either candidate and answered “refused,” “other” or “wouldn’t vote.”
While the top numbers seem positive for Clinton, consider that they had her leading by 12 only a few days ago. While that is hard to believe, such a steep drop in support is a strong indication that the revelations of her pay-for-play work has not gone unnoticed by the public even though the mainstream media is trying to bury it. The numbers only get more encouraging when considering third parties.
In a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll that includes candidates from small, alternative parties, Clinton leads the field by a smaller margin. Some 39 percent of likely voters supported Clinton in the four-way poll, compared with 36 percent for Trump, 7 percent for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and 3 percent for Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
Trump supporters should see this turn in the major polls as an encouraging sign. At some point all the pollsters have to pivot to begin to come in line with reality so their final numbers are accurate, while early on they can skew them to give false perceptions to the public. Is this the beginning of the Reuters pivot? We will have to wait and see, but Trump clearly had a better week than Clinton and it’s starting to show in the numbers.